05/04/15 4:24pm

Dr. Dingle - new T.C. Williams High School Principal in Alexandria, VirginiaAlexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley has announced the appointment of Jesse Dingle, Ed.D., an experienced educator with a reputation for attaining the best possible outcome for his students, as the new principal of T.C. Williams High School.

Dr. Dingle, currently serving as a high school principal in the Winchester City School District, is experienced at leading schools to full accreditation by implementing remediation and enrichment programs during the school day. His focus is to support all students, especially those who struggle academically and those who need greater challenges.

“I want to meet the learning needs of what is an incredibly unique and diverse population. I intend to do this by getting to know the school community and understanding where the needs are and what the needs are and working together with staff, faculty and community to make things happen,” Dr. Dingle said.


05/04/15 4:16pm

Potomac Yard Metrorail station model in Alexandria, Virginia - option B

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As we have mentioned previously on this blog, the City of Alexandria, Virginia has undertaken a long, arduous planning process concerning the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station and City Staff has made their recommendation as to where they believe the new Metrorail station should go. As we told you Thursday, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce fully endorsed the recommendations.

Here is and email from the Chamber Board Chairman and President::

Dear Red Brick Town,

As part of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Legislative Agenda, the Chamber Board of Directors identified the building of the Potomac Yard Metro as the primary focus item for this legislative term. The Chamber of Commerce is extremely committed to bringing metro to Potomac Yard and has been pleased with the progress the City of Alexandria has made to date. Given the Chamber’s previous support, we formally endorse the City of Alexandria’s professional staff recommended position of locating the new Potomac Yard Metro at Alternative B as soon as possible.

Alexandria must maximize the potential for commercial development in this area in order to meet its projected revenue numbers. Robust commercial development of Potomac Yard is critical in order to responsibly meet the obligations the City of Alexandria will incur as a result of building the station. Recent reports have indicated that a staggering 86% of new commercial development in the Washington, DC region is occurring within ¼ mile of a Metro station. If Alexandria is to make itself regionally and nationally competitive for significant future commercial real estate opportunities, building the Potomac Yard Metro and selecting Alternative B is the most logical course of action.

The Chamber would like to also endorse the current financing plan that has been proposed by the City of Alexandria. We encourage the City to continue to apply this financing strategy to future transportation projects around Alexandria and feel the common-sense financing strategy that has been developed for the Potomac Yard Metro should be the model for these types of revenue-generating infrastructure investments in the future.

In closing, we would like to congratulate the City of Alexandria for its efforts to date to bring the Potomac Yard Metro to reality. This Metro station, which is an historic investment for Alexandria, will play a vital role in keeping Alexandria competitive for major commercial activity for years to come. We urge the City of Alexandria to choose the City staff recommended site of Alternative B as soon as possible and maintain the current financing strategy to pay for the station.


Walter C. Clarke                                   John T Long III

2015 Chamber Board Chairman              President & CEO

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce        Alexandria Chamber of Commerce


05/04/15 2:55pm


On May 5, Alexandria Police officers will conduct a mobile DWI enforcement effort to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers.

The DWI crackdown will begin at 10:30 P.M. on Tuesday, May 5, and continue until 4:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 6. Motorists will be stopped and drivers will be checked to assure that their abilities to drive have not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Chief of Police Earl L. Cook reminds drivers that the maximum penalty in Virginia for the first conviction for driving under the influence is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12-month suspension of driving privileges. In addition, there are mandatory jail terms associated with these offenses, depending upon the blood alcohol content of the driver. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles administrative fees may apply as well.

For further details, please call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

05/04/15 1:46pm

Bill Euille for Mayor Campaign signs in Alexandria, Virginia

One can always tell the strength of a campaign by its campaign signs. As I travel around Alexandria, these are the first Bill Euille for Mayor signs I have seen. This one (and a few others) here I spotted yesterday near Chinquapin Park and T.C. Williams High School. What I have noticed though, is not many if any at all are in front of homes. So will these campaign signs translate into votes?

Most importantly, remember to VOTE on June 9.

Are you a Mayor Euille supporter or detractor? I want to hear from you. Do you feel Mayor Euille is deserving of another term as Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia?

05/04/15 1:06pm

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Shell Station on North Washington Street

Thanks to a reader tip, we can confirm that the Old Town Car Care Shell Station, located at 801 N. Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia, has closed. We have attempted to reach the station by phone, which appears to have been disconnected, and by email, which so far has gone unanswered.

As soon as I can find out more, I’ll let you know…

(H/T Andrew)